You'll be expecting us to tell you that this Land Cruiser is a mighty effective tool off road. And it is - we'll get to that. To start with though, the more pressing issue lies with the paved surface compromises you'll have to make in order to be able to play 'Crocodile Dundee' at the weekends. Of course, because of its considerable weight and ladder-framed chassis, this car won't handle anything like as sharply as its more car-like, less capable monocoque-bodied competitors. But then, with just 174bhp on tap from its 2.8-litre four cylinder D-4D diesel engine - the only one Toyota offered - you won't be going particularly fast anyway. Most buyers choose a version with the 6-speed auto transmission we're using it, but a manual gearbox is available further down the range. AVS' 'Adaptive Variable Suspension' adaptive damping along with rear air suspension features on the top 'Invincible' model. As for the off road prowess you'll be surveying from the prominently raised driving position, well there's plenty of that. All models get a permanent 4WD system of course, with high and low ratio gearboxes you swap between via a central control dial, located along with the centre differential locking switches on the centre console.
What else? Well, there's 215mm of ground clearance that enables you to wade through water up to 700mm deep. In addition, an 'Off Road Pack' (which was standard on the top 'Invincible' and optional on the mid-range 'Icon' variant) adds a range of extra features that'll really help 'off piste'. A 'Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System' uses active anti-roll bars offer maximum body movement and therefore maximum grip; a 'Multi-Terrain Select' system allows you to adjust the 4WD dynamics to suit different types of terrain; a 'Crawl Control' system enables your car to pick its way along at speeds of up to 3mph over really awkward ground; a 'Multi Terrain Monitor uses a series of cameras to display on the dash what you may be about to hit; and if you should ever get really stuck, a rear differential lock may well help you ease yourself free.